HR day observed in Balochistan
By: Amanullah Kasi
QUETTA: The Balochistan Bar Association, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and Aafia Release Movement held rallies and seminars on Saturday to mark the International Day of Human Rights here.
Activists of the civil society organisations taking part in the rallies and processions taken out to mark the day said the government had failed to stop target killings, recover missing persons and get Dr Aafia Siddiqui released from a prison in the US. Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia, sister of Saeedur Rehman, a missing man, Hasil Bizenjo of NP, Usman Kakar of PkMAP, Aurangzeb Kasi of ANP, Bismillah Kakar of PPP, Wali Kakar of BNP-M, Amanullah Shahdazai of JI, Ahmed Ali Kohzad of HDP, Malik Zahoor Shahwani of BBA and former advocate general Salahuddin Mengal said that violation of human rights, denial of rights to smaller nationalities and usurpation of powers by the military had created constitutional and political crises in the country.
They said the military and intelligence agencies were controlling major policies pertaining to foreign and domestic issues despite the civilian government leading to differences between the parliament and the GHQ.
They said that Balochistan was seriously confronted with founding of bullet-riddled bodies, missing persons, target killings, kidnapping for ransom and highways robberies.
Representatives of the political groups said the rulers and army generals had not learnt lesson from the East Pakistan debacle and denying rights to the smaller provinces to control their resources.
They said the rulers must recognise the ground realities to grant political and financial powers to the federating units to keep unity of the country.
They accused the intelligence agencies and Frontier Corps of ‘kidnapping’ Baloch youth and then threw their mutilated bodies.
They said that about 320 bullets riddled bodies had been found and 14,000 people were missing in Balochistan.
They appealed to the United Nations and the international community to take notice of oppressive methods of intelligence agencies for killing innocent Baloch persons.